National Stroke Awareness Month, observed in May and sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), strives to make Americans aware that they may be able to Save A Life of a person experiencing a stroke.
National Stroke Awareness Month educates people that a person experiencing a stroke can be treated if people act FAST - 80% of strokes can be prevented.
FAST is an acronym for things to check in a suspected stroke victim:
F - Face / Does the face droop on one side when the person smiles?
A - Arm / After raising both arms, does one of the arms drift downwards?
S - Speech /After repeating a simple phrase, does the person's speech sound slurred or strange?
T - Time / If any or all of the above are observed call 9-1-1 in the U.S. and 999 in the UK - and ask for medical assistance.
National Stroke Awareness Month Sponsor:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
To learn more, visit http://www.cdc.gov/stroke/index.htm
The awareness color for Stroke Awareness is Red.